Purpose and Potential in Life: The Ten Universal Principles


A Universal Principle is a truth we live by that is true for anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

Respect • Integrity • Self-Control • Compassion Courage • Teamwork • Excellence • Humility Enthusiasm • Honor 


The foundation of the curriculum that is taught by T1L1 mentors are the ten Universal Principles. For the past 25 years, we have been teaching that the Universal Principles are characteristics that are essential for life. They include re-spect, integrity, self-control, courage, humility, excellence, compassion, enthusiasm, teamwork, and honor. They are universal because they are true for anyone, anytime, anywhere. There is a lot of rebranding of terms used by curriculum writers today. Parents are concerned that there are political leanings that are hiding between the pages of lessons taught in schools. There are heated exchanges on both sides of that aisle that have spilled over into confrontations with teachers, adminis-trators and school boards. To be clear, the Universal Principles are not new… they are as old as civilization itself. You can find them in the teachings of ancient writings and in modern ethical prose. Universal Principles don’t change over time. We do not change the foundation of our curriculum to reflect the changing whims of society. Why? Simply because it works! We have seen the impact of giving kids purpose and potential by teaching these simple truths. They find direction when they not only understand these truths, but put them into practice. They improve their academic performance, they come to school more often and they change their attitude about life. They are for anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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